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Phos4You Poster

Phosphorus is essential for all living organisms: animals, plants and human beings.

In parallel, the resources of phosphate rock on earth are finite and the European Union is dependent to almost 90% on mineral phosphorus imports. The long term objective of Phos4You is to guarantee feed and food security in Europe by reducing EU’s dependence from imported phosphate rock. 

Phos4You specifically targets Phosphorus recovery from municipal waste water treatment plants. Phos4You will firstly demonstrate that the Phosphorus recovery from waste water is feasible. Secondly the fertilizer value chain will be ready to make use of recycled phosphorus. The third sub objective is closing the gap between Phosphorus recovery and Phosphorus recycling. It includes the upscaling of technologies, the development of a decision support as well as impact on legislation.

The project partnership consists of 12 partners from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Switzerland. The international partnership has complementary expertise in the field of Phosphorus recovery. Partners are waste water treatment plant operators, mono-incinerators, enterprises providing recovery processes, universities, research institutions and knowledge clusters.

Scottish Water’s contribution to the project will intensify in 2019, as two phosphorus recovery technologies will be tested in real life conditions, at the Bo’ness Testing Centre. 

Spring 2019
The potential of microalgae to recover phosphorous from small-scale waste water treatment plants is being piloted by Glasgow Caledonian University, and will be trialled in partnership with Scottish Water for three months. After harvesting, the nitrogen and phosphorus containing biomass can be used directly as fertiliser. 

Summer 2019
A demonstrator of the PULSe process developed by the University of Liege will be trialled by Scottish Water for three months. Phosphorus obtained from PULSe applied to partially / fully dried sewage sludge can be precipitated either as calcium or as magnesium phosphate, depending on fertiliser industry needs.


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Protecting and improving the quality of natural water resources is one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

In the EU the percentage of the population connected to central water supply systems ranges from 53% to 98%, depending on the country, and about 20 million rural inhabitants are without proper sanitation systems.

INNOQUA, an EU-funded project through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme aims to meet this challenge by promoting sustainable water sanitation technologies capable of performing a whole water treatment cycle. 

These technologies resemble natural cleaning processes and are based on the purification capacity of earthworms, zooplankton, and alternatively microalgae and sunlight exposure. Within the EU, partners will conduct demonstrations for performance validation as well as demonstrations of industrial, residential and tourism applications. Outside the EU, partners will implement demonstration sites for residential use.

Under the coordination of Nobatek, the INNOQUA project’s consortium comprises 20 partners from 10 countries ranging from research institutes and universities to water utilities, SMEs and an NGO.

In 2019 the Innoqua system prototype will be tested on the Scottish Water network at Littlemill WWTW in north of Scotland. This remote, foul only works will allow evaluation of the Innoqua system for small communities, under potentially extreme weather condition with minimal maintenance. The prototype will be tested for up to 12 months.

Sustainable Land Management

Scottish Water takes water from the environment and treats it to provide wholesome supplies of drinking water for the of people in Scotland. The vast majority of the water is unpolluted and, with treatment, it is suitable for public supply.

Water Ways

Water Ways: our water exhibit at Glasgow Science Centre